Since we are big fans of Lost, which was filmed almost exclusively in Oahu, we decided to take a Lost tour. A 10 hour Lost tour! Really, we aren't that dorky. It also served as a circle island tour which took us all around Oahu so we didn't have to rent a car. This will be an extra long post, however.
We started the day by going to Hanauma Bay. Nothing from Lost was actually filmed here, but it was really pretty, and we actually went back a couple of days later to go snorkeling.
While still on the southern side of the island, we saw the place that they used for both the Iraq and Queen's armies.
We also saw one of Hurley's houses. (I know this picture is blah, but it was thrilling for a Lost geek to see.)
Next, we went to Lana'i Lookout, which was the place where Desmond killed Calvin, where Miles landed on the island, and where Ben comforted Juliet when she wanted to leave the island.
We also saw the Blow-Hole where Desmond capture the bird for Claire in order to save Charlie.
Then, we went to Waimanalo Bay, which served as Jack's Thailand.
We then visited Byodo-In Temple, a reproduction of a 10th century temple, which you can see in the scenes of Korea.
Following that, we went to Kaneohe Bay, where we had this view of Rabbit Island, which can be seen in the background of a few scenes.
More significantly, it is also the location of the dock.
Then we went to the most exciting part of the trip: Waimea Falls. This is where Kate and Sawyer found the briefcase with the guns and where Kate, Jack, and Hurley landed when they went back to the island.
We actually got to go swimming under the falls, but, as neither of my cameras are waterproof, I used a disposable film underwater camera to take pictures, and I haven't developed them yet. If any of the photos come out well, I will scan them in and post.
While in Waimea Valley, we saw lots of cool flowers and trees that we don't have on the east coast. Note, the following photos were taken with my Tamron 28-75, not my macro, so I think they came out nicely considering.
Here's where I have to tell you something scary. While in Waimea Valley, we stopped for lunch. We got our food, and then I went to the lady's room, leaving my husband to watch all of our stuff. Unfortunately, he was violently mugged....
by this peacock:
Look how menacing he looks. He stared my husband down and then brazenly stole my hamburger bun off of my plate even though my husband was holding the plate trying to protect it.
After lunch, we went to Mokuleia Beach, which is where Oceanic 815 crashed.
We also saw Papaoloa Beach, which is where the survivors of Oceanic 815 made camp.
They look similar, right? But they are actually two different beaches.
While we were at Papaoloa Beach, we were lucky to see lots and lots of sea turles. Here are a few more of Papaola Beach.
As we started to make our way home, we saw the Radio Tower. My husband actually took this photo.
Finally, and most thrillingly, we went to Dharmaville, which is actually a YMCA camp.
Want to see something really weird? This was really at that YMCA camp. The tour guide claims that the Lost people did not do this. See, it says "1977" on the left and "Ben" on the right. Spooky, huh?
And the end of the long day, we went back to our hotel and watched the sunset on our lanai.